§ucaba | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
firestonewalker.com

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Also known as Abacus

2011 Reserve Series Bottle Notes:
O.G. 27 Plato
F.G. 4.7 Plato
I.B.U. 42 units
Yeast: British Ale (House)
Cases: 1500 produced
Color: 36SRM (Dark Ruby)

2014 Bottle Notes
O.G. 27 Plato
F.G. 4.7 Plato
I.B.U. 42 units
Yeast: British Ale (House)
Cases: 3500 produced
Color: 36SRM (Dark Ruby)

Matured for 1 year in a blend of Heaven Hill, 4 Roses, and Old Fitzgerald barrels.

Added by SacoDeToro on 02-21-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,021
Reviews:
883
Avg:
4.46
pDev:
8.52%
 
 
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1,348
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Photo of OnePuttBlunder
4.85/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of EdwardAbbey
4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chewpendous
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mgr78704
4.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of R3ason
4.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of JamesMN
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage, No. 005.

Appearance: Deep mahogany and incredibly murky. Didn't form much of a head, despite a vigorous pour. Just a thin layer of light tan suds.

Aroma: Huge dose of drunken raisins and dried stone fruits. Very sweet. Touch of alcohol.

Taste: Incredible depth of flavor. It starts simple with some light hoppy tones balanced by caramel malt. Then it transitions to oak and bourbon with a heavy dose of raisin/dark cherry liqueur flavor. At 13.3% ABV, the alcohol in the flavor is no surprise and works quite well. A dark chocolate flavor comes through in the finish and there is a final sweet caramel/cherry note before the hops dominate in a bitter aftertaste. Some heat in the throat. I'm sure this ages phenomenally, but it was nice to have it young. It's a bit rough around the edges but still very good.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full in body with more carbonation than I was expecting. An easy sipper.

Final Thoughts: Definitely met my expectations. At $20 a bomber, it's a bit pricey, but worth the cost if you haven't had it and are a fan of the style. Would I drink it again? Yes.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 Bottle

Pours a tawny chestnut leather with two fingers of light tan head which dissipates to a thin layer.

Peaty oak smell, slightly brackish in profile, combined with dried dark fruits of cherries, plums, raisins and dates soaked in brandy. Hints of cocoa power and leather, reminiscent of an old leather chair.

Smokiness is less pronounced in the flavour, with the leather and dark dried fruits together with cocoa coming to the forefront, although less sweet than expected from the scent. Notes of oak and brandy. Extremely smooth in its finish, with very minimal alcohol presence.

Overall an amazing barley wine, and likely the best I've had.

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Photo of mobrado
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of maz
4.64/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Babbatron
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bonannophone
3.96/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gspeer711
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JohnCassillo
4.62/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FFreak
4.88/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle share night out at the campfire. This one brought over by my neighbor and good friend BoldRulerVT. 2012 bottle he received in a trade. Poured into various tulip glasses.

Pours a translucent reddish dark brown with a thin tan head that dissipates for the most part but keeps refreshing a thin ring of bubbles around the edge, with little to no lacing.

Aroma is sweet candied dried fruit - very reminiscent of a late harvest zinfandel.

Taste is straight up delicious, with raisin, plum, dark dried fruit, zinfandel and a hint of oak.

Mouth is just right, medium-full, not at all cloying. Very drinkable for a 12% BW.

Overall, this was a treat. It's just a fantastic aged barleywine.

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Photo of LADaveBN
4.56/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.71/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.
Pours deep dark ruby burgundy with a finger of bubbly head.
Aromas are rich, like vanilla toffee and booze.
Taste is insane. A perfect blend of barrel booze and barleywine. Some Trappist notes too.
Mouthfeel is perfect. Chewy and substantial.
This beer is straight up fantastic.

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Photo of KT123
4.51/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of South2NW
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ljjpowers
4.04/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Didn't love this one as compared to some of FW's other offerings. Found too many of the flavors to be muted (even after allowing to warm throughout a period of say 45 minutes or so) versus other FW brews like Stickee Monkee and Parabola (which jump right out of the bottle onto the tongue). Solid, but not my ideal cup of tea... or glass of beer.

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Photo of gradergator
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GhostMilk
4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brandoneast
4.78/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of KillerJigger
4.72/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great barleywine! Not overly sweet which makes it well balanced. Tastes amazing. Not a barleywine guy but this was simply a great tasting beer. Will be getting more bottles.

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Photo of abrodsky
4.26/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Erikberglund
4.94/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best barleywines out there period.

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§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.46 out of 5 based on 5,021 ratings.
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